We are dedicating resources to align with the national and provincial Safe Sport movement and invite our sport partners to collaborate with us to ensure a cultural change for success.
Curl BC’s Safe Sport framework will focus on three key elements: Awareness, Prevention, and Action- all of which are strongly supported by governance, policies, and procedures. The objective of this framework is to ensure all Curl BC members have access to the resources and support services they need to safely facilitate and participate in curling specific programming and activities.
As a provincial governing body, Curl BC is committed to providing safe, welcoming, and accessible sport environments, free from all forms of matlreatment. Curl BC’s Safe Sport initiative emphasizes the importance of that commitment by eductating individuals on the harmful effects associated with such behaviours, and outlining the perventative measures put in place to lower the probability of them occuring.
Zero Tolerance Statement
Curl BC has ZERO tolerance for any type of abuse.
Individuals are rquired to report instances of abuse or suspected abuse to their local sport organization or to Curl BC to be immediately reviewed under the terms of the applicable policy.
Statement of Commitment
Sport organizations in British Columbia are committed to creating a sport environment that is accessible, inclusive, respects their participants personal goals and is free from all forms of Maltreatment. As part of Curl BC’s commitment to Safe Sport our staff and board have completed Commit to Kids training
Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion
Curl BC aims to create welcoming environments that reflect the rich diversity of British Columbia, as well as its membership. Curl BC’s Inclusion Policy outlines expectations for all members in an effort to engage under-represented populations in our membership.
Code of Conduct
- Curl BC’s Code of Conduct & Ethics Policy: Click Here
- British Columbia Universal Code of Conduct (BC UCC): Click Here
Concussion Protocols & Resources
Curl BC follows Curling Canada’s Concussion Protocol which is designed as a guide to help the management of individuals who may have a suspected concussion as a result of participation in a curling activity which could include a practice, camp, game, or bonspiel.
The protocol aims to ensure that indivuals with a suspected concussion receive timely and approrpriate care and proper management to allow them to return back to the sport safely.
Sport Information Resource Centre (SIRC)
SIRC provides Concussion in Sport Resources including: Education Opportunities, Research, Communication Tools, Protocols & Policies, Best Practices & Inspiration, FAQ’s. Visit their concussion resources here
Anti-Doping & Substance Abuse
Curling Canada and Curl BC strongly oppose the use, possession, and the supply of banned substances/practices in competitive play by all athletes, coaches, administrators and officials. As such, Curling Canada has adopted the Canadian Anti-Doping Program (CADP).
Curling Canada has adopted the CADP which means that you can be confident that you are part of a world-class anti-doping program that is designed to protect athletes’ rights and ensure a level playing field. Curling Canada and Curl BC’s anti-doping policy and code of conduct reflect and support the CADP.
While the CCES administers anti-doping for the Canadian sport community, you may also be subject to the rules of the World Curling Federation (WCF). Learn more about the WCF’s anti-doping policies and procedures http://www.worldcurling.org/anti-doping-and-medical
Curl BC makes every effort to ensure that the safety of members remains a top priority by continuing to support a variety of programs that are developed both strategically and ethically. Our Vision, Mission and Values, as outlined in Curl BC’s Strategic Plan, form the basis of our programming and services.
Individuals who coach, volunteer, officiate, deliver development programs, accompany teams to an event/competition, who are paid staff, or otherwise engaged with vulnerable individuals and who fall under Curl BC’s authority shall be screened according to Curl BC’s Screening Policy. Curl BC expects that member clubs will screen such individuals according to their own applicable policies.
Curl BC Screening Policy
Curl BC Screening Form
Responsible Coaching Movement
The Responsible Coaching Movement (RCM) is a call to action for sport organizations, parents, and coaches to enact responsible coaching across Canada- on and off the field. To reduce risk in sport, the RCM focuses on three key areas: Rule of Two, Background Screening, and Ethics & Respect Training.
By signing the pledge of the RCM, Curl BC and Curling Canada is helping ot ensure the protection of both athletes and coaches.
Organizations can take the pledge here
Online Training Opportunities
Safe Sport Traning
Creating a culture where everyone can thrive is a shared responsibility. Safe, inclusive sport environments help make sport rewarding and enriching for all. Safe Sport Training gives you the knowledge and skills to create those environments by recognizing, addressing, and preventing maltreatment in sport.
Together we can make sport safe for everyone. To access the Safe Sport Training click here
Commit To Kids
Through the Canadian Centre for Child Protection (CCCP), the Commit to Kids (C2K) online Coaches module empowers Coaches with practical information to help them enhance child and youth safety in sport. It highlights the importance of understanding boundaries, sexual misconduct and reporting inappropriate behaviour.
Click here to access the C2K for Coaches online training.
Respect In Sport
The Respect in Sport training programs educate youth leaders, coaches, officials, employees and participants to recognize, understand and respond to issues of bullying, abuse, harassment and discrimination (BAHD).
There are two training programs available through Curling Canada’s Database:
- Coaches, instructors and leaders wanting to take the training can click here
- Certified competition coaches will earn 3 PD points
- This training is $30
- Parents wanting to take the training can click here:
Certified competition coaches can earn Professional Development points for completing the coach training, which costs $30.
Making Head Way
The Making Head Way training is designed to help you gain the knowledge and skills required to ensure the safety of individuals, these concussion focused NCCP modules are an excellent resource that will review:
- What to do to prevent concussions
- How to recognize the signs and symptoms of a concussion
- What to do when you suspect an individual has a concussion
- How to ensure individuals return to play safely
Additional Concussion resources can be found on CATT (Concussion Awareness Training Tool)
Curl BC believes everyone has the right to enjoy the sport, regardless of their level of participation. As such, Curl BC encourages all individuals to communicate openly, collaboratively, and use problem solving techniques to resolve differences in opinion. Resolving conflict at an early stage may prevent a situaiton from escalating and resulting in a formal complaint.
- Curl BC Alternate Dispute Resolution (ADR): Click Here
Conflict Resolution Resources:
- Coaches Association of Canada (CAC)- #CoachToolkit
- Sport Information Resource Centre (SIRC)- Resolving Conflict Within a Youth Sport Team
- Sport Dispute Resolution Centre of Canada (SDRCC)- Conflict of Interest Sport Decision Making
Complaints & Discipline
All Curl BC stakeholders are expected to fulfill responsibilities and obligations including, but not limited to, complying with Curl BC’s policy’s, bylaws, rules and regulations, code of conducts and ethics. Non-compliance may result in sanctions pursuant to the organizations Complaints and Discipline Policy.
For more information on Discipline/Complaints and the policy please contact Scott Braley at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Curl BC Complaints & Discipline Policy: Click Here
- Curl BC Appeals Policy: Click Here
Other Resources & Services
Addressing Maltreatment: click here
Curling Canada is committed to reviewing and updating these policies as often as necessary in order to ensure that they consistently satisfy the highest standards.
Child Protection Services of BC
If you think a child or youth (under 19 years of age) is being abused or neglected call 1-800-663-9122 at any time of the day or night.
Child protection services in BC are inteded to safeguard children from harm. Where there is reason to believe a child has been abused or neglected, or is otherwise in need of pretection, child protection social workers have the delgated authority to investigate and take appropriate action to ensure that child’s safety.
For more information visit: Child Protection Services in BC
To find the nearest children and family services office visit: Child and Family Services Search
B.C Helpline for Children
A confidential toll-free phone line for children and youth wanting to talk to someone.
- B.C. Helpline for Children
- Phone: 310-1234 (no area code required)
Is a toll-free, confidential, multilingual telephone and online service available across B.C. 24 hours a day, 7 days a week which provides information and referral services to all victims of crime and immediate crisis support to victims of family and sexual violence
Anti-Racism Network provides information about how to report incidences of racism and hate crimes if you are a victim or witness such incidences.
Canadian Sport Helpline
Anonymous, Confidential, Independent, Bilingual. Available 7 days a week 8:00am-8:00pm (EST)